$32,032 to go to meet our Challenge Grant, by December 1st. Your gift now will count twice!
Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

China: bachelor villages, kidnapped brides

Catholic World News - September 15, 2011

Two recent articles in the British press draw attention to one of the consequences of China’s one-child policy and preference for boys: “bachelor villages.”

Over the next two decades, up to 50 million men are expected to be unable to find wives. “I don't have any requirements at all,” said a 35-year-old farmer in a village with no women eligible for marriage. “I would be satisfied with just a wife.”

To help meet the growing demand for wives, thousands of Burmese women have been lured into China, kidnapped, and sold to rural men.

Additional sources for this story
Some links will take you to other sites, in a new window.

An appeal from our founder, Dr. Jeffrey Mirus:

Dear reader: If you found the information on this page helpful in your pursuit of a better Catholic life, please support our work with a donation. Your donation will help us reach seven million Truth-seeking readers worldwide this year. Thank you!

Our Fall Campaign
Progress toward our year-end goal ($116,271 to go):
$150,000.00 $33,728.98
78% 22%
Sound Off! CatholicCulture.org supporters weigh in.

All comments are moderated. To lighten our editing burden, only current donors are allowed to Sound Off. If you are a donor, log in to see the comment form; otherwise please support our work, and Sound Off!

Show 2 Comments? (Hidden)Hide Comments
  • Posted by: Dan - Sep. 15, 2011 11:05 AM ET USA

    No worries, a significant portion of those 50 million bachelors will end up in the Chinese military, which will no doubt find plenty of interesting things for them to do.

  • Posted by: williiam ronner - Sep. 15, 2011 11:05 AM ET USA

    And Vice-President Biden's position on China's one child policy is.......

Fall 2014 Campaign
Subscribe for free
Shop Amazon
Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

Recent Catholic Commentary

Putting Our Best Foot Forward 3 hours ago
Contentious Spirits, Beware! October 30
And here's another very old story: the secular media don't understand Catholic affairs October 29
How not to be persuasive October 29
Francis the Man, Francis the Pope October 28

Top Catholic News

Most Important Stories of the Last 30 Days
Key synod report calls for 'gradualism' in Church response to irregular family situations CWN - October 13
As synod concludes, bishops issue message, approve document; Pope weighs in CWN - October 20
Synod of Bishops opens with Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica CWN - October 6